May
18
to May 20

Audubon-Chiricahua Mountains/Portal/Cave Creek Trip

The Elegant Trogon

The Elegant Trogon

Bird the Chiricahua Mountains, Portal and Cave Creek with the El Paso Audubon Society. Birding begins on Saturday, May 18 and will end in the morning of May 20. Plan to arrive on the afternoon of Friday, May 17.  There might be some birding that afternoon. The birding trips will officially begin on Saturday, May 18 and we'll end the trip birding the morning of Monday, May 20, and return to El Paso. The headquarters for each outing will be the Cave Creek Ranch and you’ll depart from there each day. (DIRECTIONS)

Here are some contact numbers for accommodations:

Portal Lodge - basic motel, but a restaurant is next door - 520-558-2223; portalpeaklodge.com
Cave Creek Ranch - Very nice setting, lots of bird feeders; small, medium and larger units, most with kitchenettes  - 520-558-2334; cavecreekranch.com 

It's a good idea to book early.  The only restaurant and store in the area are in Portal, so be aware of that when planning meals, etc.

A more detailed itinerary will be posted as we get closer to the event. Contact Mark Perkins at 915-637-3521 for more information.

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May
20
7:00 PM19:00

Birding in Columbia, South America

Keel-billed Toucans

Keel-billed Toucans

Join the El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society for a general meeting during which Scott Cutler will talk about birding in Columbia, South America

Columbia, South America, is a land of incredible bird diversity with over 1,900 species recorded, many found nowhere else on earth. By some accounts, Columbia has the most bird species of any place on the earth.

Scott Cutler will give a presentation about his visit to Columbia in 2018 and will show photos of, and talk about the amazing species of birds, other animals, and the landscaped that he encountered on his trip to this exciting part of the world.

Meet at the UTEP Centennial Museum, 500 W. University Avenue, El Paso, TX. MAP

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May
18
8:00 AM08:00

Explore the Flood Site at the Prehistoric Trackways

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Interested in paleontology? Geology? Have you attended the Prehistoric Trackways Guided Hike to the Discovery Site, but want to see new places within the Monument? Then join us to learn about the abundant marine life and to see petrifed wood and plants. Prehistoric Trackways is a world-renowned site for paleontology, find out why!

Be prepared to hike approximately 2.5 miles on rough and rocky terrain while learning all about the climate and the organisms that inhabited Las Cruces 280 million years ago! The hike will be led by our BLM paleontologist!

Bring plenty of water and appropriate footwear and attire to hike on rough and rocky terrain. You will find us in the big, 2nd parking lot of the Monument. You can arrive at the Monument by heading west from the intersection of Shalem Colony Trail and Rocky Acres Trail. Then in about 1/4 mile take a dirt road on the left labeled as Permian Acres. If using GPS, just type in Prehistoric Trackways National Monument.

See you then!

For questions, call us at 575.525.4300. 

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May
11
2:00 PM14:00

The Earliest Apache in the Southern Southwest: Evidence and Arguments

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Recent research provides evidence of ancestral Apaches in the southern Southwest at least as early as the A.D. 1300s. Some of this evidence comes from chronometric dates obtained from a feature type that comparative ethnographic information (including rarely used land claims documents) indicates were used for storage. These features, called platform caches, provide rare and ideal material for accurate dating because they are often covered with grass or leaves. Dates from these features, on Apache pottery, and from roasting pits, all in direct association with Apache material culture of other types (including rock art), provide a continuous sequence of use from at least as early as the A.D. 1300s through the late 1700s. New information about a western route south to this region is combined with other evidence regarding the presence of the earliest ancestral Apache three centuries earlier than many have argued, even in areas where Coronado did not see them.

Deni Seymour

Deni Seymour

Dr. Deni Seymour is internationally recognized for her work on protohistoric and historic Native American and Spanish colonial archaeology, ethnohistory, and anthropology. For over 30 years she has studied the ancestral Apache, Sobaipuri-O’odham, and the contemporaneous lesser-known mobile groups (Jano, Jocome, Manso, Suma, and Jumano). She has excavated two Spanish-period presidios (Santa Cruz de Terrenate and Tubac), numerous Kino-period mission sites, and several indigenous sites of the period. She works with indigenous groups in validating their heritage and dabbles in Coronado and Niza expedition archaeology. As an award-winning author with over 100 journal publications and six scholarly books she is rewriting the history of the pre-Spanish and colonial period southern Southwest. She received her doctorate and MA degrees in Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 1990 and her BAs with honors in both Anthropology and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1980. She has taught, was employed by a number of state and federal agencies, and has worked for a number of cultural resource management firms, including one she founded and directed. Now she is a full-time research archaeologist affiliated with two academic institutions and the nonprofit research group Jornada Research Institute and she serves on the boards of three non-profit organizations.

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May
4
9:00 AM09:00

Tour the UTEP Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens

Image by Destination El Paso

Image by Destination El Paso

Learn about our desert’s history through elegant displays of birds and animals, minerals, fossils, as well as the people who have inhabited this region for thousands of years. Then visit the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens and see more than 800 species of plants that are native or adapted to the Chihuahuan Desert in their own native settings. MAP and CAMPUS MAP.

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May
4
7:30 AM07:30

Do the Bioblitz with the Las Cruces BLM

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Experience the true Nature of the Force! Join the Las Cruces office of the Bureau of Land Management. This is truly an event for everyone.

On May 4th, in the Organ Mountains not too far away, the Bioblitz returns for its second year. It is time for all citizen scientists to explore and record the biodiversity of our local public lands. We will encounter species of all shapes and sizes — common ones and ones that are out of this world!

No experience required! All ages welcome! Come with your family or Han SOLO. Attend for the whole day or just a couple of hours. We will have snacks, but bring meals if you plan on staying the whole day. And lets be good land stewards, and bring re-usable water bottles instead of plastic water bottles.

SCHEDULE

Bird Banding 7AM
Bird Hike 8:30AM
Butterflies* 10AM
Reptiles & Amphibians 11AM
Poetry & Prose Readings 12PM
Plants 6PM
Bats 7:30PM

*Bring binoculars (we will have some available) or camera w/ decent macro & zoom capabilities.

OPTIONAL MISSION: Undertake the Path of the Jedi by downloading the iNaturalist app. Those who record the MOST observations will become Jedi Masters and win a prize.

A $5 vehicle permit will be required per vehicle or your America the Beautiful Federal Lands Pass.

Star Wars costume optional.

Meet at the Dripping Springs Natural Area. The Dripping Springs Natural Area is located 10 miles east of Las Cruces, on the west side of the Organ Mountains. From Exit 1 on Interstate 25, take University Avenue/Dripping Springs Road east to the end.

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Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

See Texas Rainbows and Opuntias in Bloom

Texas Rainbow Cactus in bloom

Texas Rainbow Cactus in bloom

Take an easy hike on the Mayberry and  La Espina Trails.  The trails are fairly flat and are rated as moderate for hiking. See many Texas Rainbows and opuntias in bloom.

Meet at the corner of  Bear Ridge Drive and Franklin Hills Drive on the  Westside. (MAP)

Bring an adequate supply of water.  If you have questions, contact Jean-Claude prior to the hike. wilbur1111@att.net.

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Apr
28
8:00 AM08:00

Birds of the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park

Yellow-Breasted Chat, from Backyard Birds

Yellow-Breasted Chat, from Backyard Birds

Join John Sproul for birding at the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park. This wildlife refuge within El Paso’s city limits abounds with bird life:  249 different species have been recorded to date.  In late April and early May, spring migration is at its peak.  Encounter a nice mix of permanent resident birds, spring migrants and early-arriving summer residents.  Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent and binoculars.  This field trip will last 2 hours.  Meet at Riverside Canal bridge.  From 1‑10, take Americas Avenue/Loop 375 south to Pan American, turn left and travel 1.5 miles to the bridge.  For more information, contact John Sproul, 915-747-8663 or jsproul@utep.edu.

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Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Celebrate Water through Arts and Culture

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Bring family and friends to El Paso Water’s Water Festival 2019. Enjoy music, dance, edible aquifers, rain sticks and a performance by Ysleta del Sur Pueblo. Join in making a butcher paper mural. See award-winning short films that explore how water influences our lives and view a Wood Water Drop exhibit.

The event takes place at the TecH2O Center, 10751 Montana Avenue. MAP

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Apr
27
to Apr 28

Guadalupe Reefer Madness, Caving and Hiking

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Have an overnight adventure with Geo-Ventures. Spend Saturday in Carlsbad Caverns and do some wild gypsum caving at the campsite. On Sunday, hike the Guadalupe Mountains reef rocks. Camping equipment required. (Cooking equipment will be provided.) There is a $10 access fee at Carlsbad Caverns and a $5 access fee at GUMO.

MEET: 9 am at the corner of HWY 180 (Montana) & Hueco Tanks rd, in front of the white saucer building (Hueco Mtn Estates)… 15 minutes east of the Loop-375 & Montana intersection. MAP

CARLSBAD CAVERNS: Saturday 2 hour caravan from meet location; 2 hour top to bottom caverns walk ($10 per person)

PARK RANCH CAVING/CAMPSITE: Primitive overnight camping

  • No facilities; some water provided

  • Bring sleep gear, snacks, personal water

  • Optional chili dinner, bagel/oatmeal breakfast and cook gear provided

  • Headlight, spare clothes/shoes, knee pads needed for wet/mud caving for evening caving (1-3 hr options)

GUADALUPE MTNS HIKE: Sunday morning roadside geology & reef section hike; location pending wind conditions (3-4 hrs; $5 per person)

Contact: Rob RohrbaughEPCC Geology: Mission del Paso Geo-Ventures Coordinator925-3957693

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Apr
15
7:00 PM19:00

Peruvian Birds

The Andean Cock-of-the-rock, the national bird of Peru

The Andean Cock-of-the-rock, the national bird of Peru

Join the El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society for a general meeting during which Flor Hernandez Camacho will talk about Peruvian birds.

Flor Hernandez Camacho is working on her PhD in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department at UTEP. For a number of years she served as a Peruvian ornighologist studying various bird species through banding progrms in Peru. She will share some of what she learned about the ecology of birds in Peru.

Meet at the UTEP Centennial Museum, 500 W. University Avenue, El Paso, TX. MAP

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Apr
14
9:00 AM09:00

Butterflies!

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Join Dr. Paul Hyder for a morning of finding butterflies. Learn about the different  kinds we have in the El Paso area, their habitats and their plant preferences, and what they do for us. Bring the family  and get your little ones started with appreciating nature. We'll meet at  the Nature Trail at Tom May's Picnic area in Franklin Mountain State Park  at 9:00 am. This will be an easy hike. You might want to bring water, maybe  a snack, and a camera. This can be a practice run for the North American Butterfly Association’s 4th of July Franklin Mountain Butterfly count.

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Apr
13
9:00 AM09:00

Arroyo Park Nature Walk

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Join Dr. Eric Kappus of Southwest University on a free-form nature walk through one of El Paso’s greatest parks, Billy Rogers Arroyo Park and Nature Preserve. This 75-acres park reveals many things about the Chihuahuan desert, and has resident foxes, hares, red tailed hawks, and street people. Your guide will introduce you to the natural history through rocks, plants, footprints, and other discoveries.

Meet at the corner of El Paso Tennis Club on N. Virginia Street in the Billy Rogers Arroyo Park. MAP. Remember water, sunscreen and comfortable hiking shoes. This is an easy hike/stroll.

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Apr
8
to Apr 9

Become a "Leave No Trace" Trainer

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The course will be held on Monday, April 8 – Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 8AM to 4:30PM. Lunch will be 30 minutes long, so bring your own lunch. Meet on the first day at the BLM office on 1800 Marquess Street, Las Cruces, NM. MAP There will be a 2-hours in-class introduction. The rest of the course will be at Dripping Springs Natural Area and surrounding areas.

You will hike on relatively easy trails and in off-trail settings. Come prepared with hiking shoes, water, snacks, lunch, sun protection, and appropriate clothing. Keep an eye on the weather. In April, we are transitioning into summer, so the temperatures might be wildly different.

There will be an option to camp overnight. There is no tuition fee for this course.

For more information, contact the course leader, Daniella Barraza, Park Ranger, Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument and Prehistoric Trackways National Monument at the BLM Las Cruces District Office, 1800 Marquess Street, 575-525-4487.

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Apr
6
8:30 AM08:30

Family Desert Hike

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This will be a 4-mile and approximately 4-hour desert walk with no major mountain climbing. It’s a good hike for beginners/intermediates, families who know they can walk the distance over uneven ground. Yes, it is dog-friendly but bring plenty of water for your pet and pick up bags. We will hike Boulder Dash and Coyote Ugly trails. Bring 2-3 liters of water, snacks, sturdy hiking shoes/boots.
Meet at the Roundhouse Trailhead on MLK Blvd.There is a $5 per person park fee or use your park pass. Contact Person: Carol Brown 915-630-1424.

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From the Patriot Freeway take the MLK Blvd exit 31, turn left and go under the freeway. Drive 3- 4 miles north and the trail head will be on your left. There is a sign that says: Bowen Ranch. If you get to Jobe Quarry at Stan Roberts Sr. Avenue, you have gone too far. MAP


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Apr
3
4:00 PM16:00

The Geology of McKelligon Canyon

Photo by R. Mac Wheeler

Photo by R. Mac Wheeler

Join Geo-Ventures for a moderate hike with a couple of short, steep and strenuous sections on unstable slopes including a 20-minutes quarry walk of severely faulted rocks with slickensides. Meet at end of McKelligon Canyon Road loop (at the highest point). $5 Park fees. Wear appropriate hiking clothes and shoes and bring plenty of water.

This event has been cancelled due to sustained 30 mph winds with 50+ mph gusts, which can be amplified on the eastern slopes and in the canyon.

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Mar
23
9:30 AM09:30

Hike the Rio Bosque with CDEC

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Join the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition on a 2-miles walking tour of the Rio Bosque Wilderness Park. You will learn about the park's plant and animal communities, the multi-pronged approach to getting water to the park , restoration and recovery of damaged ecosystems as well as the historic environmental conditions in the Rio Grande Valley. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. Meet at Riverside Canal bridge. From 1-10 take Americas Ave to Loop 375 south to Pan Americas, turn left and travel 1.5 miles to the bridge. MAP For more information, contact John Sproul, 915-747-8663 or jsproul@utep.edu.

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Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

Find Hatch Opal at Spring Canyon Dam, NM

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Find Hatch Opal at Spring Canyon Dam just south of Hatch. When the dam was constructed, dynamiting the arroyo exposed veins of moss opal, a lovely pink with delicate black lines common opal.

Join the El Paso Cactus and Rock Club and drive 1.5 hous to the Spring Canyon Dam just south of Hatch, NM. Meet at the Dairy Queen on Transmountain Road and I-10 at 9AM sharp. (MAP) Then regroup first at Jim’s Super Market, 150 W. Hall in Hatch, NM (MAP) before driving to Spring Canyon Dam. There is a very short hike to the opal veins. High clearance vehicles are recommended but not required. Be sure to bring water and wear appropriate clothing.

After the hike, eat at world famous Sparky’s Burgers in Hatch. Wow! I love their Hatch Green Chile Cheeseburger with a Chile Mango Shake.

If you have questions, please contact Jean-Claude at 915-504-4069 or wilbur1111@att.net.

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Mar
9
8:00 AM08:00

Sunspot Observatory and White Sands

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Take a 2.5-hours drive with Geo-Ventures to Sunspot Observatory near Cloudcroft, NM. Observe the Tularosa Basin. Learn about the geology of the Sacramento Mountains, the solar observatory itself and have a White Sands experience.

Meet at the EPCC Trans-Mountain campus. MAP There is a $20 per vehicle fee at White Sands. Since there is limited carpool space available, please rsvp by email, rrohrba1@epcc.edu.

Contact rrohrba1@epcc.edu or message via Facebook: www.Facebook.com/GeoventuresElPaso

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Mar
2
7:00 AM07:00

Go Birding in Hawk Alley

Swainson’s Hawk

Swainson’s Hawk

Join the El Paso Audubon Society on Saturday, March 2, 2019 for a field trip to Northeast El Paso.  See Raptors on Hawk Alley and wintering birds at various stops along the way.  Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Lowe's Parking Lot at 4531 Woodrow Bean- Transmountain Rd. behind Taco Bell. MAP All are welcome.  Contact Mark Perkins at 915-637-3521 for more information.

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Feb
23
10:00 AM10:00

Tom Mays Copper Mine/West Franklin Mountain

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Join Geo-Ventures and look for fossils and minerals. You will tour the Copper Mine at the Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park. Then take a hike to Cottonwood Springs. There is a $5 park entrance fee. Meet at the end of the park loop, the overlook at the highest point. MAP to Tom Mays.

Contact rrohrba1@epcc.edu or message via Facebook: www.Facebook.com/GeoventuresElPaso

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Feb
16
9:00 AM09:00

Prehistoric Trackways Hike to Flood Site

Sally Jewell

Sally Jewell

Interested in paleontology? Geology? Have you attended the Prehistoric Trackways Guided Hike to the Discovery Site, but want to see new places within the Monument? Then join the Las Cruces BLM to learn about the abundant marine life and to see petrifed wood and plants. Prehistoric Trackways is a world-renowned site for paleontology. Find out why!

Be prepared to hike approximately 2.5 miles on rough and rocky terrain while learning all about the climate and the organisms that inhabited Las Cruces 280 million years ago! The hike will be led by our BLM paleontologist!

Bring plenty of water and appropriate footwear and attire to hike on rough and rocky terrain. 

Directions: You will find us in the big, 2nd parking lot of the Monument. You can arrive at the Monument by heading west from the intersection of Shalem Colony Trail and Rocky Acres Trail. Then in about 1/4 mile take a dirt road on the left labeled as Permian Acres. If using GPS, just type in Prehistoric Trackways National Monument.

Alternate Directions: Travel on Picacho Ave./ Hwy. 70. At the stop light with Shalem Colony Trail go north on Shalem Colony Trail for approximately 5.5 miles. Prior to reaching the Rio Grande, you will reach a county road, Rocky Acres Trail. Turn west on Rocky Acres Trail. Go west approximately ¼ mile to a dirt road entrance on the left-hand side. Cross over a cattle guard and continue tothe west past the first parking lot to the second. 

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Feb
14
4:30 PM16:30

A Valentine's Day Date with Nature at the Rio Bosque

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The Frontera Land Alliance and the Friends of the Rio Bosque bring you A Date with Nature this Valentine’s Day! The event will take place at the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park on Thursday, February 14th 2019 at 4:30PM to sunset. Bring the people you love and enjoy a nature walk through one of El Paso's wetlands. We will be meeting at the visitor’s center. For parking directions visit cerm.utep.edu and click on the Rio Bosque tab. I have attached the event flyer.  We need one volunteer for this event, sign up here: http://signup.com/go/THeeikn  To RSVP or for questions contact Maryflor@Fronteralandalliance.org

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Feb
10
9:00 AM09:00

Women's Hike in Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Monument

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Open to all women and non-binary folks of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels wanting to explore the mountains for the first time or the millionth time. Learn and share your knowledge of preparing for outdoor adventures, fitness, and all things nature!

We will be hiking the beautiful Pine Tree Trail at Aguirre Spring Campground. This is a moderately difficult 4-miles trail with significant elevation gain of over 1000 ft in the first 2 miles. The last 2 miles are a downhill trek. It will get your heart rate up!

Please bring:
-plenty of water
-snacks and lunch
-appropriate clothing. This will be a wonderful winter day, so wear layers. You want to stay warm during the cooler part of the day, and be able to take off layers as it gets warmer.
-good close-toed shoes with good grip

FEE: $5 per vehicle. Cash or check only.

Come alone or come with friends. The hike will happen rain or shine. Any weather is a good day to be outdoors. We will start at 9AM. If you are running late, you can start the hike and catch up. We will be hiking the loop counter-clockwise.

Directions: Drive east on US-70. In less than a mile, turn onto Aguirre Spring Roads following signs for Aguirre Spring Campground. Drive all the way to parking lot for Pine Tree Trail. If using GPS, just type in Aguirre Spring Campground.  

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Feb
9
9:00 AM09:00

Discover the Mines of Orogrande

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Joint the El Paso Cactus and Rock Club for a field trip to the mines of the Jarilla Mountains near Orogrande, NM. You will make several stops including the Lucky Lode mine, Tiffany turquoise and the iron mines in the south of the mountains. If the group is up to it, hike to the top of the Iron Duke mine at the end of the trip.

Meet atthe Valero gas station on Hondo Pass and US54. (MAP) Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and shoes for a hike. Cautions:  High clearance vehicles highly recommended, or carpool. Make sure to have a full tank of gas and plenty of water.

If you have questions, please contact Jean-Claude at 915-504-4069 or wilbur1111@att.net

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Learn more about the geology of the Jarilla Mountains.

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